Course Number:
ATH 231
Transcript Title:
Native Americans of the N.W.
Created:
Jul 25, 2022
Updated:
Jul 26, 2022
Total Credits:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture / Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Yes
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
A-F
Repeats available for credit:
0
Prerequisites

Placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98

Prerequisite/Concurrent 
WR 121

Course Description

Surveys the origins, development, and cultural variation of Native peoples in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Southwest Canada. Explores the historical and contemporary achievements of tribal lifeways within the Northwest region. Prerequisites: placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the Northwest culture area in terms of its physical, environmental, and cultural geography.
  2. Distinguish the prehistoric origins of major tribal communities in the Northwest region.
  3. Recognize broad temporal events that link Northwest tribes and inform regional identity.
  4. Analyze past legislative and assimilationist policies that impacted the survival of Native communities.
  5. Identify contemporary Northwest Native cultures and efforts to sustain tribal economic autonomy.

Alignment with Institutional Learning Outcomes

Major
1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
Major
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
Major
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
Major
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion.

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Outcome #1: Define the Northwest culture area in terms of its physical, environmental, and cultural geography.
  • Describe the major cultural and geographic divisions in the Northwest.
  • Explain the importance of geography and environment on the development of culture.
  • Define concepts of cultural ecology as they apply to traditional diet and subsistence.
  • Differentiate coastal tribal traditions from plateau and intermontaine regions.
  • Discuss differences in sociopolitical and sociolinguistic organization.
Outcome #2: Distinguish the prehistoric origins of major tribal communities in the Northwest region.
  • Explore differences in perspective about genetic origins and cultural origins.
  • Offer differing perceptions about cultural origins and prehistoric antecedents.
  • Identify the major linguistic phyla spoken within the Northwest.
  • Discuss prehistoric and historic occupation sites in the Northwest.
  • Discuss the longevity of tribal cultural traditions in the Northwest.
Outcome #3: Recognize broad temporal events that link Northwest tribes and inform regional identity.
  • Define the use of terms such as Indian and Native American.
  • Offer in-depth descriptions of Native groups that best represent a specific part of the region.
  • Explore the linguistic diversity of Native groups in the Northwest cultural area.
  • Offer examples of anthropological research in the Northwest.
  • Differentiate cultural differences between coastal and inland tribes.
  • Explore connections between prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultural attributes.
Outcome #4: Analyze past legislative and assimilationist policies that impacted the survival of Native communities.
  • Apply anthropological perspectives to the study of indigenous cultures and communities.
  • Explore the history of early Northwest Native and European encounters.
  • Differentiate between ethnic groups, bands, tribes, and affiliated communities.
  • Investigate legislation which determined Native identity through enrollment or enforced blood quantum.
  • Discuss the impact of educational, training, boarding school, and day schools on tribal communities.
  • Discuss how Contact and interaction with non-Native cultures impacted Northwest tribes.
Outcome #5: Identify contemporary Northwest Native cultures and efforts to sustain tribal economic autonomy.
  • Provide example of cultural traditions which remain a vital part of modern tribal life.
  • Define how Northwest tribes continue to maintain a continuity of cultural heritage.
  • Investigate the variation and diversity of tribal communities throughout the region.
  • Explore connections between prehistoric cultural achievements with modern tribal identity.

Suggested Texts and Materials

  • Ames, K.M., Maschner, H.D.G.(2000). Peoples of the Northwest Coast: Their Archaeology and Prehistory. Thames & Hudson.
  • Boyd, R.T., Ames, K.M., & Johnson T.A. (2015). Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia.University of Washington Press.
  • Bunn-Marcuse, K., & Jonaitis, A. (2022). Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast. University of Washington Press.
  • Coté, C. (2022) A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast. University of Washington Press.
  • Coté, C. (2010) Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. University of Washington Press. (supplemental)
  • Daehnke, J.D. (2017). Chinook Resilience: Heritage and Cultural Revitalization on the Lower Columbia River. University of Washington Press.
  • Dawkins, A. (2019). Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry: The Art, the Artists, the History. University of Washington Press. (supplemental)
  • Dupres, C. (2016). Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity.
  • University of Washington Press. (supplemental)
  • Heffernan, T. (2013)Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Bill Frank Jr.
  • University of Washington Press; Co-published with the Washington State Heritage Center Legacy Project.
  • Stebbins, S. (2013). Native Peoples of North America. Open SUNY. (OER)
  • Sutton, M. (2012). An Introduction to Native North America, 4th Edition. Routledge.